FAQs – Advantage2 keyboard

Component change from 2MB to 4MB v-Drive
Starting in early 2018 all Advantage2 keyboards were built with a 4MB v-Drive for supply chain reasons. However, we are still shipping new 2MB Advantage2 keyboards until they are gone. There are no functional differences between the 4MB and 2MB versions, but the 4MB does need to run a 4MB-specific version of the Advantage2 firmware. When updating your firmware, be sure to first determine your v-Drive size and then install the appropriate 2MB or 4MB version.
Switching between Windows, Mac and PC mode on the Advantage2 keyboard
The Advantage keyboard has three different Instant Configuration Settings: Windows Mode, Mac Mode and PC Mode. Each mode changes the top four thumb keys.

  • To enter Windows Mode, press and hold the Progrm key and tap the F7/win key.
    The top four thumb keys while in Windows mode, from left to right, are: Ctrl | Alt | Windows | Ctrl.
  • The top four thumb keys while in Windows mode, from left to right, are: Ctrl | Alt | Windows | Ctrl.
  • To enter Mac Mode, press and hold the Progrm key and tap the F5/mac key.
    The top four thumb keys while in Mac mode, from left to right are: Command | Option | Ctrl | Command.
  • To enter PC Mode, press and hold the Progrm key and tap the F6/pc key.
    The top four thumb keys while in PC mode, from left to right are: Ctrl | Alt | Alt | Ctrl.
Switching between QWERTY and Dvorak
The Advantage2 comes with two selectable layouts; QWERTY (default) and Dvorak.
To switch to Dvorak, press and hold the Progrm key and tap F4 (dvork).
To switch to Qwerty, press and hold the Progrm key and tap F3 (qwert).
How can I remap a key?
1. Press and hold the Progrm key and tap F12. The lights on the keyboard will begin to flash rapidly.
2. Press and release the “source” key (the key in which you want to copy). The flashing lights will slow down in speed.
3. Press and release the “destination” key (the key you want to place the copied key to). The flashing lights will flash rapidly.
4. Exit by tapping Progrm again (LEDs will stop flashing).
I made a mistake remapping a key. How do I reset a remapped key to its default action?
You can reset a key to its default action by “remapping the key to itself.” To do this, Enter remapping mode (Progrm+F12) and press the key in question twice, then exit from remapping mode. For example, if you accidentally remapped the “Enter” key and you would like the Enter key to function as its default action, press and hold Progrm and tap F12. Tap the Enter key once. Tap the Enter key a second time. Exit by pressing and releasing the Progrm key. Enter will now function as Enter again.
How do I create a macro?
A macro is a combination of keys that can be stored in your keyboard.
To create a Macro:
1. Press and hold Progrm and tap F11. The lights on the keyboard will begin to flash rapidly.
2. Press your macro trigger (for example, Alt+1). The flashing lights will slow down in speed.
3. Type your macro (for example, 12345).
4. Exit by pressing and releasing the Progrm key. Flashing LED will stop.
Now in this example, pressing Alt+1 will type your macro of, “12345”.
I made a mistake creating a macro. How can I erase a single macro without resetting the entire keyboard?
To erase a single macro, program an “empty” macro in the macro triggers place. Follow these steps:

1. Press and hold Progrm and tap F11.
2. Press the macro trigger, in this example, Alt+1
3. Exit by tapping the Progrm key.

Now the macro trigger (Alt+1) should no longer have a macro stored.

How do I temporarily disable macros?
Press and hold the Progrm key and tap F10. This will temporarily disable all macros without erasing them. To turn them on again, repeat this process (Progrm+F10). An LED will flash several times to indicate enabling or disabling worked correctly.

Note: For firmware Versions 1.0.210 and higher, Program+F10 enters Macro Speed Setting mode. Typing a number row key between 1 (slowest) and 9 (fastest) will change the playback speed. Typing the number row 0 key will disable macro playback. You can check your firmware version by opening a text editing screen and holding Progrma + Esc. The “status report” will be displayed on your screen. If you have installed firmware version 1.0.201 or newer, the new commands will be in effect.

How do I reset the keyboards memory?
Press and hold the Progrm key and tap F10. This will temporarily disable all macros without erasing them. To turn them on again, repeat this process (Progrm+F10). An LED will flash several times to indicate enabling or disabling worked correctly.

A “hard reset” is more complete. It will return the keyboard to its default configuration for both QWERTY and Dvorak layouts and returns to the “win” thumb key setting. To perform a hard reset, press and briefly hold the right Ctrl plus F9 while plugging the keyboard into a USB port. As soon as the LEDs start flashing, release the keys. See details in User’s Manual. Rarely the ctrl key may become “stuck” after this process. If you notice odd behavior from your keyboard after a hard reset, just tap one or both control keys.

Note: For firmware Versions 1.0.201 and higher, Program+F9 on plugin accomplishes the hard reset. Likewise, Progrm+F8 on plugin forces the v-drive open. These new commands eliminate the risk of getting a stuck Ctrl key after performing these actions. You can check your firmware version by opening a text editing screen and holding Progrma + Esc. The “status report” will be displayed on your screen. If you have installed firmware version 1.0.201 or newer, the new commands will be in effect.

How do you turn off the “click” & “beep” sounds of the keyboard?
The Advantage2 keyboard produces two different sounds: a soft “click” when any key is pressed enough to electronically trigger it, and a louder “beep” (a toggle tone) when pressing keys that toggle an action on and off. Toggle keys include Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, Num Lock, Insert or Keypad.

To disable the “click,” press and hold the Progrm key and tap F8 (click/TONE). The lower case legend indicates “shift” is not required to change this setting.

To disable the “beep,” press and hold the Progrm key, then Shift and as you’re holding both keys down tap F8 (click/TONE). The upper case “TONE” legend indicates shift is required to change this setting.

How can I remap the embedded Insert key to the top layer, so it’s like my older PS/2keyboard?
1). Turn Keypad On.
2). Press and hold the Progrm key and tap F12 (LED on keyboard will flash rapidly).
3). Press and release the “Insert” key (LED’s will slow down).
4). Press and release the Keypad key.
5). Press and release the Insert key again (LED’s will speed up).
6). Exit by tapping the Progrm key.
Can I program mouse clicks to a foot pedal?
Most operating systems (including all operating systems from Microsoft and Apple) include a package of “Accessibility Options” which provide an alternative way to assign a mouse click to a key or foot pedal.

One of these utilities is called “mouse keys” and can be used to convert your keyboard’s numeric keypad into a pointing device. When MouseKeys is activated, the keypad “5” becomes a left mouse click. With a programmable keyboard or programmable foot pedal, you can remap the keypad 5 action to a more convenient location. Refer to your operating system’s documentation or experiment with other keypad keys to find other useful actions.

Note: enabling MouseKeys in your operating system will disable the numeric 10-keypad entirely, however the number row will work as expected.

Can I clean my keyboard?
You can remove the individual keycaps of the keyboard to get access to the keywell, which can collect lots of dirt after time. If you do not have a keycap removal tool (comes with our USB keyboards) a trick is to get two paperclips and bend them in the shape of a “J” or a hook. Grab two sides of the keycap and pull straight up. They will pop right off.

After the key caps have been removed, you can soak the keycaps separately in water (a little soap is ok) and let them out to dry.

While the keycaps are drying, you can clean in between the key switches with a can of air and/or Q-Tips with water or rubbing alcohol.

You can also dampen a paper towel with rubbing alcohol to clean the outer plastic keyboard case (again, only a small amount is necessary).

Just remember to wait for all parts to dry before connecting the keyboard to your computer.